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The CICRP operates in the fields of preventative conservation, curative conservation and restoration of public and private cultural heritage protected as historical monuments. The CICRP carries out its activities in accordance with the requirements of the French Heritage Code and the Ministry of Culture.

These activities may concern a variety of institutions, including Museums of France, historical monuments, archives, libraries, art centres and Regional Contemporary Art Funds (FRACs), or any other institution engaged in the conservation of such cultural property.

These areas of expertise include:

  • Contemporary art and materials
  • Graphic arts
  • Written heritage
  • Easel painting
  • Mural painting
  • Stonework
  • Preventative conservation, particularly problems relating to biological contamination (mould and infestation)

The CICRP brings scientific and technical assistance and expertise to owners and custodians of cultural property, collections or monuments. It offers advice, recommendations and methodological approaches. It carries out diagnostic assessments and preliminary studies. It provides support to project managers during conservation and restoration operations.

It accepts works under restoration and supports these operations by providing equipment and human resources that allow private restorers selected by the project managers to carry out their work under the best possible conditions: security, scientific support, etc.

Furthermore, the CICRP carries out studies and research relating to problems of conservation and deterioration of heritage materials.